From USNA Virtual Memorial Hall

Lindley Osborne '44

Date of birth: September 22, 1920

Date of death: August 6, 1952

Age: 31

Lucky Bag

From the 1944 Lucky Bag:


Lindley was "killed in an aviation accident" on August 6, 1952. (Information from December 1952 issue of Shipmate.) He is buried in Arlington National Cemetery. He was survived by his wife, Dorothy; she passed away in 2015 and is buried with him. They had two daughters. It seems there is a photo of his wedding at

The headstone has the insignia of a surface warfare officer, but the Register of Commissioned and Warrant Officers of the United States Navy and Marine Corps of 1952 lists him as a qualified Naval Aviator and a recipient of an Air Medal.

One site gives his location of death as North Carolina. The Register of Alumni lists only his name, rank, and date of death.

He attended Guilford College for a time as a member of the class of 1942. His was on the honor roll as a freshman for the second semester of the 1938-1939 year. In 1939-1940 he was a part of the "Men's Student Government," and he again appeared on the honor roll (for both semesters).

Class of 1944

Lindley is one of 66 members of the Class of 1944 on Virtual Memorial Hall.